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**From 18 November 2016 new limitations on the approval of sponsorships for Partner and Prospective Marriage visa applications are being introduced. For further information about these changes please consult our website at:**



Family Migration

The Family Stream seeks to reunite Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens with their close family members.

There are a number of migration options for fiancés, partners, children, parents and other family members of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens.

Some visa classes within the Family Stream are subject to being capped and queued. These visas may have extensive waiting periods and this may affect your decision to apply for one of these visas.

Information regarding recent important changes to the Family Migration Program is available from the Department of Home Affairs website. This includes additional questions and answers, as well as details on changes across all migration visas. See:

Information is available regarding the most common visa applications in this category. See:
   • Partners
   • Children
   • Parents
   • Other Family Members


Skilled Migration

The General Skilled Migration Program (GSM) is for professionals and other skilled migrants who are not sponsored by an employer and who have skills in particular occupations required in Australia.



SkillSelect is an online service that allows intending migrants to submit an expression of interest (EOI) for skilled migrant visa sub-classes. SkillSelect is a free online service.

An EOI is not the same as a visa application. It is an indication that you would like to be considered for skilled migration to Australia.

By using SkillSelect, you could be nominated for a skilled visa by Australian employers or state or territory governments, or you could be invited by the Australian government to lodge a visa application.

SkillSelect streamlines the visa application process and improves the employment prospects of skilled migrants.

For more information about SkillSelect, visit:

For information on general skilled migration visit:


Business Skills

Business Skills visas, are for business people to establish a business in Australia, manage a new or existing business or invest in Australia. All except the Investor Retirement visa offer a pathway to permanent residence.

Detailed information on the Innovation and Investment Program is available at the website of the Australian Consulate General Hong Kong. See: Business Skills Migration

For information about Significant Investor Visa (SIV), please see: Significant Investor Visa


Where to apply

All Business Skills applications from the PRC region, must be sent to the Home Affairs Hong Kong office.

Australian Consulate General Hong Kong 
24th floor Harbour Centre 
25 Harbour Rd 
Wan Chai, Hong Kong


Further Information

For information on visas not featured on this website, and for more information on those that are, visit the Department of of Home Affairs website at


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